Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Dr. Yee is new chairman of SEDA Malaysia

Dr Yee Moh Chai has been appointed Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA Malaysia) effective Sept 1, 2013.

For a person who hails from Sabah, naturally his immediate task would to enable the FiT mechanism and other renewable energy initiatives such as biomass, hydro and solar energy to be implemented in East Malaysia - Sabah and Sarawak.

Currently, the implementation of FiT in Sabah is suspended until such time that the energy users here start paying the 1% levy.

Dr. Yee taking on new responsibilities

Dr Yee graduated with a medical and law degree from the University of Wales, United Kingdom, and had practised law in Kota Kinabalu. He was also Minister of Resource Development and Information Technology Sabah from 2004 to 2013 and former Api-Api assemblyman.

Announcing the appointment, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili said the feed-in tariff (FiT) mechanism governed by the Renewable Energy Act 2011 operated entirely within a legal framework and Dr Yee’s legal background and vast experience in managing resources and information technology in the state would be a great asset to SEDA Malaysia.

SEDA Malaysia was formed under the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Act 2011 and helmed by Datin Badriyah Abdul Malek as Chief Executive Officer.

The key roles of SEDA Malaysia are to administer and monitor the feed-in tariff mechanism, promote sustainable energy in the country and advise the Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water on policy matters with regard to sustainable energy.

TheGreenMechanics' two cents:

Let's hope Dr Yee would, during his 2-year tenure as Chairman, bring about changes in Sabah towards aggressive implementation of renewable energy projects here.

The vast supply of biomass, the best spot for solar radiation in the country, and the many potential areas for non-distructive mini-hydro installations in Sabah should benefit from his services.

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